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Hi guys.... (first year gardening, bare with me)<br><br>
So.... how tall I am supposed to buy my poles for pole beans? I bought small poles, in ONE day, they were at the top, I go back to the store and buy 3 ft. poles... in TWO days... at the top... I stuck an old 5 ft, iron thing in next to one just to see... and guess what... that one plant... is now climbing to the top...<br><br>
THIS IS MADNESS... first off.. .OMG they grow ... secondly... yes, I understand a pole bean likes a pole... but... HOW TALL a pole? :LOL I am wasting all my money on poles....<br><br>
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We bought the big bamboo gardening stakes for ours last year and this year we plan on building a sort of trellis using a fabric designed for peas & beans that we bought at the garden center.<br><br>
I don't know exactly how tall the bamboo stakes were, but they were as high as our neighbor's chain link/cyclone fence.<br><br>
--Kari
 

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I usually make a sort of teepee, with a pole (8 ft pole, buried maybe 1 ft in the ground) as the center. Then I run twine from the ground to the top of the pole for the beans to climb. If you space it wide enough, the kids can hide out inside the fort, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> And, yes, you can pinch them off when they get as tall as you want.
 

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Thanks... the one plant I had is now about 5 ft tall... I think that's tall enough.. LOL.. does how tall they are do anything to how much they produce?<br><br>
Fun, fun... thanks for the replies.... makes me feel so loved
 

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May I jump in here? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br><br>
When can I harvest my pole beans? They are already pretty long....we planted them at the end of May and I am in NY. This is our first experience with them.<br><br><br>
Also, any ideas for cooking them would be appreciated <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Harvest them when they look the right size. (Someone else probably has a more scientific explanation!) Don't let them get too big, though, or they will get tough.<br><br>
For cooking them, I usually just steam them, but you can also stir fry them or add to casseroles, etc. Enjoy!
 
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